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The Life and Times of Whitney Drake

The Elephant in the Room

I haven’t blogged since Friday. I was busy this weekend with the oldest kidlet’s birthday party, then doctor appointments and a family photo shoot… and then something happened. Something so jarring that I haven’t been able to really put the words to paper (so to speak). My best friend Jerad died.

Jerad was going to come to the birthday party, but he’d decided not to come since he was sick. I got a message from his mother on Tuesday morning asking if I’d heard from him, and I called her to let her know. We were both concerned- since it wasn’t typical of him to not answer his phone or even to send an IM to say he was okay. And he wasn’t. She found him at home.

He died Monday morning, from pancreatis. I am numb, and surrounded by family and friends who are there for me. But I thought I should explain my silence.

Just so you know who Jerad is (other than my spa buddy), here’s a collage I put together of pictures from my wedding. Jerad was part of my bridal party, and we had a blast at the wedding. I got my proofs back and was flipping through my pictures and started to laugh. It was these 6 pictures that were obviously taken in a short period of time, but were so Jerad that it just made me smile.

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